Saturday, July 21, 2018

About 2 months to go......Solar cooking

Things are starting to feel real.  The bimini is installed, we're starting to get all the things on our list that a few months ago, we decided to wait because we had plenty of time.  The above is my latest addition.  Twelve years ago when we took a year off for cruising south, I really disliked being in the galley when it was hot, but did want to prepare good food.  This go around we decided to try out a solar cooker.  We like this one alot for the rigidness and the foldability - All Seasons Solar Cooker.  I can just take those bolts off and fold her right up and stash her down below.  Already figured out a longer storage folding and a daysail folding routine.

So we got it last week and it went on my agenda this weekend to start playing with it.  Day one, within 30 minutes, it was clear that it really does work.  Yes, I need to remember about the no evaporation, so use less liquid.  But yep, I can see longer slow cooker type meals, to casseroles, even to reheating leftovers (yes, it's that easy). 

It's not something I would use while sailing.  But at anchor - yes, definitely. For setting it, I can safely say, I can set it up for a good 3 hours undisturbed cooking time.....  at that point, a check in to make sure the sun is in cooking range (done with a little sundial that lives on top). 

I cooked rice on Sat - done in an hour, but complete mush because I didn't measure my water.  Sunday, I cooked a pot of beans.  It stayed in the cooker for about 6 hours and I needed to relocate (move a few inches) the cooker once due to shade from our furled main.  

I expect with use, I'll get better, but for the first weekend, I was super comfortable with it by Sunday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Future plans.....

OK, I've remained super quiet about our plans to make things easier at my job.....  but now that Summer is approaching, I'm free to share away.  And for those curious, I told my management in January - so they've had plenty of time to plan for my departure.

There was no keeping any secrets from our dock neighbors though...  After a few big purchases and boat-jobs, we quickly started getting questions of: So, do you guys have anything planned?"  from those we didn't previously share with.

So, here we are at this writing 3 months away from departure.  Our cruising plans: Spend the next couple of years cruising in Mexico and returning to the Bay Area in the Summer to work.  After a couple seasons in Mexico, we plan to head south to Central America, then loosely over the next years and however long we enjoy, the South Pacific interests us, as does Indonesia and Thailand.  Beyond that - you'll have to check in here to see what we are thinking.

Our plans are to take off with the BYC Labor day cruise to Half Moon Bay.  From there we'll wait for a good weather window for San Miguel in the Northern Channel Island chain.  This is about a 2-3 night sail.  Arrival is best in calm weather for exploring the island.

From there, we'll spend a good chunk of time exploring the Channel Islands.  Every other time we've been here it's been with a dog, so we are looking forward to taking advantage of not having a doggie aboard to explore.  Somewhere around the Oct 1 timeframe we'll head to San Diego and work on some projects that are on our list before we head out of the area of easy access to parts.  We'll be anchored out - so look for us if you are in the area to say HI.

Somewhere around Nov.1 - or maybe sooner, we'll head South into Mexico.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Where's Clewie

So, you might be wondering where my furkid Clewie went.....    It's time I explain and make it internet official.  She is now living and being the furkid of my brother in law, Rick.  Though, to his dismay, she'll always be my furkid... but not in the expense or decision-making kind.  I'm joking, I think (or choose to think) he loves sharing his life with Clewie with someone else who loves hearing about little normal daily antics as he enjoys experiencing.

The story: Greg and I were on the fence about bringing Clewie cruising.....  we know we could have technically.  But also can't deny it would be easier without her and we could freely go more places and do more things.  (Islands/countries that don't allow dogs).

We also are well aware that she wouldn't adjust to the random dog/chicken/horse/monkey/iguana/etc calmly enjoying a space with us.  Also, she is a great dog, as in really sweet and great!
She loves people and adores hanging and loving her pack.  So - we were going back and forth, and back and forth.....

Then one day in December, Rick told us he was ready to get a dog.  And having known Clewie and Tack from family gatherings and vacations, he wanted a pitbull.  Well, this put a new spin on things.. so we brought him into our plans.  And he said,  "HECK YEAH!  I WOULD FLIPPIN LOVE TO CARE AND LOVE CLEWIE!"

SO, fast forward a couple of months and lots of questions, expectation setting later, we brought her to Southern California for a trial run with Rick.    It wasn't too long before Rick revoked her return policy and she was settling in as a Southern California dog.....

I'm not going to drag this down in getting into how hard it is/was for Greg and I .... but it's so much easier knowing that she is still in the family, and also how much Rick loves her.  She really is the center of his life now.   And he got us a Clewiecam so we can watch her whenever we want and she's outside (no camera in the house).  And he frequently texts us photos and updates......  We feel super lucky.

OH, we'll visit her again everytime we pass through - so looking forward to that.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spiffing Up

Pura Vida has been getting spiffed up.  I've been silent in large part because we are consumed with projects.....

She has a Stern arch now sporting 3 solar panels and a wind generator.  You might notice that she is missing the main part of a sailboat (her mast).  It's currently back on and her rigging and chainplates have all been replaced.  That was a tough one.....  it was the price of a small new car. - or I should say more than the price.  The painful part of that 1/2 rigging wire that looks so sturdy.

There's also a new fun Kayak instead of the small blue one.

There have been more updates below: soundproofing for the engine, the suite of Mantus products for our anchoring security and comfort, high water alarm, and probably many more that I've forgotten.

But she's worth it - we love her more than ever - 10 years after purchasing her.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Instagram page

This little girl has a new Instagram page......  check out @clewiethewhippetpit to see her adventures.